Saturday, July 12, 2008

We killed 47 Afghans at a wedding...

One of the problems with stretching the military as thin as we have done, is that it creates a reliance on air power. We have less boots on the ground and operations that would have used boots gets handed to the Air Force.

And bombs tend to cause collateral damage:

US 'killed 47 Afghan civilians'

Medical staff help a boy injured in Sunday's attack
A US air strike in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday killed 47 civilians, 39 of them women and children, an Afghan government investigating team says.

Reports at the time said that 20 people were killed in the airstrike in Nangarhar province. The US military said they were militants.

But local people said the dead were wedding party guests.

Correspondents say the issue of civilian casualties is hugely sensitive in Afghanistan.

President Hamid Karzai has said that no civilian casualty is acceptable.

US 'killed 47 Afghan civilians



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